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Presto Coffee Maker - Louis Cornell's Review
Posted: March 26, 2006, 5:07pm
review rating: 5.0
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Presto Scandinavian Coffee Maker
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Arrow The Presto Coffee Maker has 35 Reviews
Arrow The Presto Coffee Maker has been rated 7.38 overall by our member reviewers
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Jeff C 8.80
Stephen Chapman 8.75
Diane Hartson 8.33
Terry Frewin 8.00
Bob D 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Presto Quality: 8
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $40.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Bunn
Bottom Line: For those who just drink coffee but demand the best drip at a decent price, this is the one for you.
Positive Product Points

This machine actually heats the water to correct brewing temperature and at a great price.   It has a tall, thin profile, so it fits underneath the kitchen cabinet without taking up much counter space.  It looks nice too.

Negative Product Points

The carafe leaked from around the handle (but Presto has a fix if you are affected).  The warmer does not have a temperature control.  Sometimes water and steam "spits out" from the top of the basket at the end of the brew cycle.

Detailed Commentary

I don't drink expresso, but I like my coffee brewed right, and I didn't want to pay the premium required for a Technivorm.  I wanted to have the convenience of a drip coffeemaker without having to sacrifice taste.  The Presto Scandinavian seemed to fit the bill, so off to Amazon I went.  The correct temperature is assured because this unit heats the water twice.  The second time is just before it is released into the basket of grounds.

It arrived very well packed and undamaged.  There was a strong plastic smell, but after the first few brewing cycles it was gone.

Just before I brew, I grind two to three clicks finer than "drip" using a Solis grinder. This compensates very nicely for the faster brew cycle you get using a drip coffemaker.  An eight cup pot takes around 4-5 minutes to brew with the Presto, but you get a very nice extraction using the finer grind and having the drip process at the correct temperature.

I was very happy with how it brings out the flavor of my home roasted beans.

There was one very big annoyance.  Luckily, an email to Presto got the problem corrected.  The problem was that the carafe leaked from around the handle.  A close inspection revealed that there was a gap at the top of the glass where the handle is attached.  The carafe lid was contoured such that it did not prevent coffee from running down the sides of the carafe, so whenever the stream hit that gap, coffee ran out from the handle.   I complained to Presto requesting a new carafe.  The customer service rep explained that they were aware of this problem, and that they would send a new lid.  The new lid arrived in about two weeks, and unlike the original lid, had an "inner lip" so that the coffee would drip straight down.  "Presto!" (pun intended) the problem was fixed.

The timer controls are small, but I never use them since I grind just before brewing.  No way am I  grinding beans the night before and leaving them in the open air for nine hours.

The burner temperature is not adjustable, so you will want to have a thermal carafe handy to put the fresh coffee in.  I like the Zojirushi glass carafe.  You cannot brew directly into it using the Presto, but that isn't a big deal for me.  Cleanup is pretty easy, but since the carafe has a narrow top, you will need a 'sponge with a long handle' thing-ama-jig to clean.  After each brew, you will want to take a damp paper towel and wipe the top where the water pours into the basket.  It is flat except for the "spray head" area. I say "area" because it is not removable for cleaning. That isn't a big deal to me since it is very easy to wipe clean without removal.

After around three months of use, I am quite happy, particularly since the leak problem was fixed. I am sticking with the Presto, and will immediately buy another if/when this one ever wears out.

Buying Experience

I bought this from Amazon, and the shipping was ten bucks, so the total cost was $40 with shipping included.

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